Welcome back, guys!
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” – Jane Austen.
It is now November wow! September and October really ran past! I am so pleased to welcome back a duo of the authoress’ who was the first to visit my blog. Welcome back to Cass Grafton and Ada Bright, and their sequel to “The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen” namely “The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen”. And to say that I loved the book was an understatement, it took me just about six hours to read the lovely book in one sitting.
Book II starts where Book I end, outside a pub in lovely Georgian Bath, where Rose and Aiden have just realized their feelings for each other when the most unexpected person reappears; Miss Jane Austen.
From meeting Miss Austen again, the adventures start with a drive to Hampshire, to Chawton Cottage to be precise, and a new time adventure begins anew. Jane Austen there upon transports both Aiden and Rose to Chawton 1813, where Miss Austen finally tells why Rose is there, along with Aiden.
An unexpected secret is revealed of Rose’s past and possibly even her future. Certain events take places, which had me on the very edge of my sofa half the time, wondering what the heck Cass and Ada was up to this time, even if the answer followed swiftly. ‘The particular charm’ is again a leading character of sorts in this sequel. Cass and Ada’s way of writing these books are beyond description, it feels like returning to Bath, every time I open their ‘Charm’ books as I have come to call them, and again I can only congratulate them on a book well written! And suddenly understood why Cass and Ada spent much of their visit to England in Chawton *wink*
Aiden and Rose are dancing around each other continuously, which made me quite despair if they would end up together. And when the magic of Miss Austen’s charm is in question Rose has a decision to make… Can she make a life in the past with a family she never knew… or will she be able to return to the present with the man who has taken up a place in her heart?
And what is Jane Austen not telling them…? And what will Aiden think of Rose and her choice?
And the ending… my god, AGAIN these two lovely ladies leave us with an open ending!!!! “The End… or is it?” *Wink*
I am proud to be able to interview Cass and Ada about their newest book, and they have been kind enough to answer a few questions. Enjoy!
Interview with Cass and Ada Bright.
1. What made you come up with the idea for the dilemma in this lovely sequel?
Ada: One thing we do when we brainstorm plot for a new book is to look over the first notes we ever made when starting this series (which Cass thankfully has kept handy all this time). Some of the ideas we’d considered back then didn’t work in the end for The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, but they turned out to be perfect for us to steal from ourselves to create this story.
Cass: The plot turned out to be a lot of fun, but part of the pleasure in writing this sequel was spending more time with our original characters from the first book (Rose, Jane, Aiden, Morgan and James, of course). The other part was getting to know the new ones (whose names I can’t mention here, other than we had a fun time spending time with some of Jane Austen’s family!)
2. Where did the idea for the plot to be mainly situated at Chawton come from? Cass or Ada?
Ada: Oh, I think that was Cass. I’m a homebody, and I’ve been to Bath so many times that Bath is closer to being home for me… though we have a friend who runs a B&B right near Chawton so I could have been trying to book as many days there as possible? Most of my ideas revolve around me being selfish ;).
Cass: I think I did suggest it. In this second book, although time has not moved on much for Rose since she said goodbye to Jane, that’s not so for our favourite, time-travelling author. Ten years have passed, and Jane comes forward from 1813 to the present day to fetch Rose back to where she now lives – and that happened to be Chawton.
3. Did you ever play with the idea of allowing Rose to stay in the past?
Cass: What Ada said.
4. Do you ever find it hard to write books together, when you are situated so far away from each other?
Ada: We always do the hardest work (which is to outline the story) when we can be in the same room with each other. Otherwise, I think our distances helps us most of the time because we are able to write and release it by sending it over to the other. By the time we hear back, we’ve had time for what we’ve written to settle in our minds, and we can more openly receive edits or feedback. If we ever had a writing emergency, I know we’d each move around our lives to be there for the other.
Cass: With the day to day writing of the book, it works incredibly well for several reasons: we have a 9-hour time difference, which means when I get to my desk early in the morning (and I’m a morning person), Ada is at her desk late evening (and she’s an evening person). We often talk or brainstorm any issues or discuss the upcoming scenes on FaceTime – sometimes three or four times a week if we’re in full-on writing mode – or exchange emails on what scene to work on that day. We use Google Drive, so we each have access to everything we write. All in all, there’s very little that’s difficult about it.
5. What part of your newest book is your favourite?
Ada: As far as humour – that would involve Morgan wearing Regency garb. My main favourite is too much of a spoiler to share, but it has to do with a goodbye.
Cass: I’m curious as to which scene that is! Hmm, that’s tricky to answer, because I love the story so much. I do love the closing scenes very much, but to be honest, any scene with Jane in is a winner for me!
6. Can you reveal to my readers what is next?
Ada: Well, Cass and I were together in the same apartment for a week in September… and we all know what happens when we’re together ;). We’ve already outlined the third book in this series and are having weekly arguments over whether or not there will be a book five (kidding! we’re stopping at three… maybe… we’ll see).
Cass: Personally, I’m relieved Ada has held back from mentioning the ten-book series she was envisioning! As for revealing what’s next, sadly not because it would be too many spoilers.
7. What is this mysterious letter, which is slid through Rose’s letterbox?
Ada: An invitation to tea!
Cass: If you believe that… I think the discerning reader will work out who it is from. As to why and how… well, you’ll have to wait and see.
8. Can we expect more adventures with Miss Austen herself? Or is it Rose who will now take the lead on the time adventures?
Ada: I think that answer will depend on if book three is truly the last of the series or not 😉 (gets tackled by Cass and gagged)
Cass: (Ignoring Ada’s muffled protests) We don’t want to give too much away, obviously, with regard to book three’s storyline, but you can rest assured, Jane Austen will feature prominently!
Thank you, Sophia, for sharing our excitement over the publication of The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen! You’ve been such fabulous support. So many hugs from us to you!
Well guys, am I the only one laughing? Or looking forward to getting your hands on this amazing book?
You can buy the books from these links;
Kobo (eBook only)
Barnes & Noble/Nook
Also available in eBook format through the Apple iStore.
You can reach Cass and Ada via these links;
Last words from me for now;
These two lovely ladies are brilliant authoresses since they have made a whole world around ‘The Charm’ and Bath, which we as readers can see and almost touch by reading the books, and lastly feel like we are there alongside Rose, Aiden, Morgan and Miss Jane Austen.
See you soon guys!